This Operation has been modified as per Budget Revision 1 (see below)
Since February 9, the Guinean Government and its partners are fighting the deadly virus of Ebola. Latest official figures (2 April 2014) mention 134 cases, and a total 84 deaths. The Ebola epidemic is mainly in the forest region of Guinea, which has the highest rates food insecurity (average of 54 %) and the highest rates of poverty (49%). The population’s purchasing power reduced and it is more difficult to access food in the rural and most vulnerable areas of Guekedou, Kissidougou and Macenta. The outbreak of the epidemic has reduced interpersonal contacts, and goods exchanges within the country and from neighbouring countries, which has affected food availability in the market and increased food prices. This situation of higher vulnerability has been worsened by suspension of activities and/or withdrawal of several large mining companies such as Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Vale, etc, due to the epidemic. This has led to massive unemployment and loss of income to access food resources. Moreover regional trade activities are also at risk. For example on the 29th of March 2014 the Senegal authorities closed the borders with Guinea to contain any spreading of the virus, which directly affects commercial activities in the South of Guinea.